BJJ / Grappling Best Instructor Job

Is to ensure your safety, but that's not what I want to talk about. I suppose your BJJ instructor's number 2 job is to help guide your development in the art of BJJ / Grappling and while that is as wide as the whole art, I believe it can be summed in this phrase: they are there to help even you out as a grappler.

Are you playing too much guard?
Are you too eager in your submission attacks that you’re sacrificing positions?
Are you perhaps too timid in applying your weight and pressure in guard passing?

The way I see it, the only difference between a good coach and a great coach is when do they stop to round your BJJ / Grappling game up.

A great coach will not be satisfied with your development when the cycle is completed and you are well-rounded. That’s just the beginning. That’s when the real fun starts.

Just when you think that you’ve learnt the basics well, a great coach will take you back to the beginning and work on your hand and arm placement in the upa. Just when you think you got your armbar escapes working they’ll show you tiny grappling tips and timing details that will open doors to counters and counter-counters.

That’s the time to be grateful you are with such a great guide. But also, remember that they are still human!

A great jiujitsu instructor looks into your heart.

"Everybody think "I want to get the black belt", but when you get the black belt, it's just the beginning" Saulo Ribeiro


Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi

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JiuJiu said...

I think this is an easy comparison to make to language learning. A person can continue improving, learning new vocabulary, and keep learning new things, but they need to go back and revisit things they've learned. They need to review and hit some of the really basics much more solidly (a/an/the, subject/verb agreement, etc) in order to really be considered advanced.

But then, I suppose it really does depend on the goals of the person and the coach. If I'm trying to prepare my student for some language competition, I'll be concerned about different things than the student who wants to be able to communicate better with his girlfriend.

In any case, revisiting the basics rather than continually adding is an important concept in any field!

Liam H Wandi said...

I totally agree JiuJiu. Comparing to language or music instrument teaching is a great analogy :)

You've inspired a new post :)

Rob Dixon said...

Fantastic to see Roy Dean still learning, so humble.

Liam H Wandi said...

Roy is very impressive indeed Rob :)